HOUSTON, TX – In our quest to keep you abreast of medical news, the debate on mammograms has reared its areolas once again. The newest study on the topic, from Harvard researchers, analyzed 50 years of mammograms and found the benefits have been overstated and the harm minimized. If you’ve ever put your boobs through the mammogram ringer, that’s not what you want to hear.
In a nutshell, the results showed: women screened had only a 19% reduction in breast cancer deaths. That sucks but mammograms have never been a perfect test and no two women are the same. Dr. Annelise Gonzalez is an oncologist at the UT Health/ Memorial Cancer Center in the Med Center explains, “There’s not one shoe that fits all. We’re all are different and our risks and our history is different.”
The guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control recommend a mammogram if you have a family history, otherwise not until age 50 then every 2 years after. But you don’t have to be 50 to get breast cancer.
“If I was 25-years-old, I’d make sure I know my family history, I’d make sure I know my body and I have examined myself and keep an eye on things and if there’s anything that doesn’t feel right, go see the doctor,” says Dr. Gonzalez.
Ladies, it’s your body so no matter how old you are check your girls regularly and ask your doctor if they’d recommend you get a mammogram because you don’t want to be a “boob” about your breasts.